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Hudson Miniatures 1904 Oldsmobile - Lil Old Timers Quickie Kit, 1/32

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good-

$38   

These kits have a very interesting history. When the Gowland/Revell 'Highway Pioneers' burst upon the hobby scene in 1951, they started a hobby revolution. Plastic model kits were not new in 1951, but successful mass marketing of plastic kits was new. The sensation swept the country, and Gowland & Revell could not make the kits fast enough. The fact that the public was buying these models shocked the successful hobby establishment. One such manufacture was Hudson Miniatures. In the 1940s, Hudson had established a name in making 1/16 scale 'Old Timer' models of automobiles. These were excellent kits with wood and metal parts, but a high degree of skill was required to finish the wood parts. In the late 1940s, they added some injection molded plastic parts (usually acetate wheels and lamps) but all other parts remained wood and cardstock. When Hudson saw what was happening with the Highway Pioneers, he began to design his own 1/32 scale line called 'Lil Old Timers', which hit the stores in 1954. An early paper fold-out catalog shows 18 models including some real gems like the 1910 International Harvester Passenger Car, 1911 Brush Delivery Truck and 1906 Columbia Electric Car just to name a few. The line was bought by Revell a short time after it's release, and Revell did reissue some (but not all) of the kits. As you would expect from Hudson, this is a nice kit with excellent moldings and detail for the time. Molded in a brilliant deep red plastic. Never started and inventoried complete with all parts and instructions.

Revell Bristol Beaufighter Mk IF - Flt./Lt. John Cat's Eyes Cunningham's Aircraft and RAF Aircraft 'PNB' - Revell Japan Issue, 1/32, H251-2000

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good-

$74   

Rare 1975 Japan issue with unique and beautiful box artwork. As with most Japan issues, this one contains extra features including decals for two aircraft and a large, full color painting on the front of the instructions. Older but nicely detailed, large-scale model of this British night fighter with airborne interception radar. The Beaufighter was flown by aces such like Flt./Lt. "Cat's Eyes" Cunningham, whose markings are included. His final score stood at 20 victories and his aircraft is one that can be depicted in this model. This model features detailed Bristol Hercules engines, removable cowling, two flight crew, optional position landing gear, full crew cockpits and radar antenna. The kit has never been started. The small parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags; the large parts are not sealed and have been inventoried complete. Includes decals and instructions. My friend and model builder Stephen Payne high recommends that the purchaser of any Beaufighter Night Fighter model invests in a copy of the book "Night Fighter" by C.F. Rawnsley. Rawnsley was John Cunningham's Airborne Intercept radar operator throughout WWII in both Beaufighters and Mosquitoes. The book is the story of their time and combat together and makes excellent reading.

Testors SR-71 / SR-71B / CIA A-12 / M12 Blackbird, 1/48, 584

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed VG++

$119   

Still factory sealed. Large and well detailed model from 1984. Includes parts for SR-71A and B; has drawings and instructions to build A-12 and M-12 but this is for expert builders only. It has decals for A-12, M-12, SR-71A and B variants.

Revell Type XXI U2540 (U-boat) - Submarine with Full Interior, 1/144, 05078

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc

$64   

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Still factory 'round tape' sealed. Large kit with very highly detailed interior and extensive decals. The Type XXI U-Boats were the world's first true submarines; they could travel at high speeds for great distances underwater and attack without visual contact with the targets. The 'snort' allowed them to recharge the batteries and renew the air, eliminating the last needs for surfacing. A development of the Walther Peroxide Boats, the XXIs were seen as a faster way to put a more advanced submarine into service.

Revell F-84E Thunderjet - (ex Monogram Pro Modeler), 1/48, 85-5494

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed NM

$32   

Still factory sealed. 2001 issue is the same kit as the Pro-Modeler issue but with colorful markings for the 31st FG TAC, Turner Field GA (Col. Carroll McColpin C.O. 1949) and the 9th FBS. Beautifully molded and detailed featuring detailed wheel wells and cockpit, optional position speed brake and canopy, rockets/iron bomb and drop tanks, JATO bottles, optional position wing flaps and standing pilot figure.

Airfix Hawker Siddeley HS-1182 Hawk / Airfix 1/72 Mig-15 Craftmaster Issue / Monogram 1/72 F-16 Fighting Falcon, 1/72, 03026-1

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$24   

SALE!! Includes all three kits in the original boxes. Please read carefully for the condition of each kit, they are perfect 'builders' but not collector kits. Red Arrows Hawk: box damaged with two litho tears on the top, however the kit inside excellent; never started and has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions. Airfix Mig-15 - never started and inventoried but NOTE: missing wing drop tanks. Otherwise complete with all other parts, decals and instructions present. Monogram F-16: never started and inventoried but NOTE: pilot figure. Otherwise complete with all other parts, decals and instructions present.

Aurora Grumman F9F Panther Jet - Famous Fighters of All Nations, 1/48, 22A-79

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+

$159   

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Very rare 'Aurora Line' logo version from 1954-1957. This is actually the 3rd release of this kit and is the first issue of the Panther from the West Hempstead factory. Correctly high gloss deep blue and clear plastic, landing gear and rockets and the large, clear rectangle stand and stand arm. The instructions show this correct rectangle-based stand and are dated 1956 with the oval 'Famous Fighters' logo (which is certainly one of the first appearances of this logo, proving that it came out at the end of 1956). The decals are also correct for this issue. They are marked 'Tatem Company' and were issued without a stand decal. Never started and 100% complete with all correct parts, stand, decals and instructions present.

Tamiya Kawasaki Ki-61-2 Hien Tony Motorized, 1/50, 6

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$52   

Very early Tamiya kit from 1964 with a high-gloss box top and very collectible artwork. Features all very fine raised panel lines, working flaps and elevators, retractable landing gear, optional drop tank, retractable landing gear, three piece canopy, detailed wing guns with removable inspection panels and more. The kit is engineered to be motorized and includes all hardware to do so, but Tamiya did not include the motor with the model. Has decals for two aircraft. Never started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions. The bags even have the Tamiya paper headers in 'excellent' condition.

Tamiya Nakajima Ki-43 Hayabusa Oscar Army Type 1 Fighter - Motorized, 1/50, 7

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+

$58   

Very early Tamiya Mokei kit dated 1964 with a high-gloss box top and very collectible artwork. Very good quality for that time and features all very fine raised panel lines, working flaps, rudder, ailerons & elevator, detailed engine, retractable landing gear, retractable landing gear, opening canopy and external drop tanks. The kit is engineered to be motorized and includes all hardware to do so, but Tamiya did not include the motor with the model. Never started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions. The bags still have the Tamiya paper headers in 'excellent' condition and even the factory glue is included.

Monogram B-25J Mitchell - USAAF Or US Navy PBJ-1J, 1/48, 5502

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed VG

$52   

Still factory sealed. 1981 issue with excellent detail inside and out. Features full interior detail, optional position bomb bay with bomb load, rotating turrets and elevating guns, optional position crew hatch, and rotating props. Can be finished as a USAAF 396th BS, 41st BG aircraft from the Central Pacific or a unique Navy Blue/Grey scheme PBJ-1J.

Dragon USS Ingersoll ABL Destroyer - Also With Decals For Elliott / Spruance / Peterson, 1/350, 1007

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc

$50   

Still factory sealed. Very highly detailed full-hull model that includes hull numbers & stern names for all four ships listed.

Aurora Breguet 14, 1/48, 141-98

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed NM++

$89   

Still factory sealed and in investment-grade "Near Mint++" condition. this kit is part of one of the earliest lines of US made plastic aircraft models, the 1/48 WWI series by Aurora. It began in 1955 and expanded through the 1960s. It was so popular that many were still selling at Aurora's demise in 1976 and Monogram even reissued some of them after purchasing the Aurora molds.

Testors Douglas DC-3 - Eastern / Western / Pan Am - Bagged, 1/72, 879

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed NM++

$42   

Features a large and colorful decal sheet for all three airlines and also optional parts. Very well detailed kit featuring all recessed panel lines, full cockpit, pilots, internal bulkheads, cabin floor, detailed engines and more. T Never started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions. The DC-3 is directly responsible for bringing the US airlines into the modern transportation age. She pioneered regular cross-country travel and flew over 90% of the passenger miles in 1939, virtually taking over the airline business. The speed, comfort and economy of the DC-3 was responsible for doubling air traffic only two years after it went into service.

Testors M24 Chaffee Light Tank - US Army / France / Italy / Japan / Great Britain, 1/35, 810

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc

$48   

Still factory sealed. Well molded and detailed featuring 210 parts, rotating turret, elevating gun, elevating and rotating .50 caliber machine gun, flexible tracks, detailed suspension, shovels, axes, crowbars, fuel cans, grab handles, radio antennas, tow hooks, tarp roll and decals for the five countries listed.

Skywave German Navy U-Boat Bunker U-Boat S-Boat Base, 1/700, SW-400

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$38   

Well detailed and molded 1/700 scale kit features two bunkers with interior detail, roof top with AA battery and decals. Never started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions (on the back of the box).

Hasegawa P-40N Warhawk South Pacifc Campaign, 1/72, AT103

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+

$24   

Very finely molded with all recessed panel lines, very good cockpit, enclosed wheel wells and more. Never started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

Tamiya M2 Bradley Infantry Fighting Vehicle, 1/35, 3632-2000

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$34   

Very highly detailed kit with full interior, commander figure, movable turret, nylon mesh for vane detail, raised or stowed TOW missile launcher and more. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

Roden Gloster Gladiator - Mk.I / Mk.II / J8 Meteo Reconnaissance & Foreign Service - N. Ireland 1945 / Bircham Newton 1942/43 / Lithuanian Air Force '38/39 / Soviet Air Force 1941 / Norway April 1940 / Sweden 1941 / Latvian AF 1937 / Belgian AF 1938 / Luftwaffe, 1/48, 438

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++

$29   

Large scale model from new molds featuring very good cockpit and engine detail, optional front canopies, opened or closed center canopy and crew entry door and paint guides & decals for all aircraft listed. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

UPC Nakajima Ki-84 Frank - (ex Fujimi), 1/70, 8028-49

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$14   

From older quality Fujimi molds and with box art by Scott Eidson. Features very fine raised detail, moving ailerons and full color decals. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions. UPC stood for Universal Powermaster Corporation which was based out of New York City, NY. UPC did not cut their own molds, but bought kits already molded from other manufacturers and re-boxed the kits in the USA. Scott Eidson, the famous artist best known for his artwork with Revell, also did UPC box art in the 1960s. All UPC production ended in the 1970s.

UPC Nakajima Ki-44 Tojo - (ex Fujimi), 1/70, 8013-49

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$14   

From older but quality Fujimi molds. The model as never been started. The parts are either still in the factory sealed bag or have been inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions. UPC stood for Universal Powermaster Corporation which was based out of New York City, NY. UPC did not cut their own molds, but bought kits already molded from other manufacturers and re-boxed the kits in the USA. Scott Eidson, the famous artist best known for his artwork with Revell, also did UPC box art in the 1960s. All UPC production ended in the 1970s.